Judicial Symposium on Scientific Evidence in the Courts, April 22-24, 2012



Opening Lectures on Scientific Methodology

James F. Trefil, Robinson Professof of Physics, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

The Scientific Method

Elements of Scientific Decision Making

The History of the Use of Expert Witnesses

James S. Trefil, What is Science?, Science in World History. 1:1-13 (Routledge 2012)


Luncheon Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Daubert

Richard O. Faulk, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, Houston, Texas

Carla Burke, Baron and Budd, Dallas, Texas

Moderator: David E. Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Virginia

Richard O. Faulk and Robert M. Hoffman, Perspectives on Daubert, Avoiding and Exploiting “Analytical Gaps” in Expert Testimony, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section Report, The Advocate. 33:71-77 (2005)

Analytical Gap Presentation

Eric Lasker, Manning the Daubert Gate: A Defense Primer in Response to Milward v Acuity Specialty Products, Defense Counsel Journal (April 2012)




Low-Dose Exposure and Causation:


R. Dean Hartley, Hartley & O'Brien, Wheeling, West Virginia

Mark Fitzsimmons, Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, DC


Mark A. Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Washington, DC

Bryan O. Blevins, Provost Umphrey, Beaumont, Texas

Moderator: David E. Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Virginia

Borg-Warner Corp. v. Flores, 232 S.W.3d 765-774 (Tex. 2007)

Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Havener, 953 S.W.2d 706 (Tex. 1997)

Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. Bostic, 320 S.W. 3rd 588 (Tex. Ct. App. 2010)

In re: Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI), No. MDL-875, slip op. (E.D. Pa. Feb. 17, 2012)

Mark A. Behrens and William L. Anderson, The “Any Exposure” Theory: An Unsound Basis for Asbestos Causation and Expert Testimony, SW. U. L. Rev. 37:479-510 (2008)

Glenna M. Kyle, Demonstrating Harm: Biological Sciences Provide Evidence of Thresholds, For Def. pp. 72-77 (Jan. 2012)

Brent Finley, David Galbrith and Dennis Paustenbach, Asbestos Litigation Today: The Top Five Fallacies Perpetuated by Experts, For Def. pp. 24-27, 82 (Mar. 2011)

Stefanie Beetle, et al., Paradigm Change in the Assessment of Myeloid and Lymphoid Neoplasms Associated with Occupational Benzene Exposure, Assessment of Benzene-Caused Myeloid and Lymphoid Neoplasms, MedKlin 104, No. 3, pp. 197-203 (2009)

Martyn T. Smith, Advances in Understanding Benzene Health Effects and Susceptibility, Annu. Rev. Public Health 31:133-48 (2010)

Jelle Vlaanderen, et al., Occupational Benzene Exposure and the Risk of Lymphoma Subtypes: A Meta-analysis of Cohort Studies Incorporating Three Study Quality Dimensions, Env. Health Perspectives, 119, Vol. 2, pp. 133-148 (2011)




Medical Monitoring

Robert J. Nelson, Leiff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco, California

Jessica Davidson Miller, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom, Washington, DC

Neighboring Environmental Exposure Cases

Dennis C. Reich, Reich & Binstock, Houston, Texas

Katherine L. Rhyne, King & Spalding, Washington, DC

Moderator:  David E. Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, Virginia

Metro-North Commuter R.R. Co. v. Buckley, 521 U.S. 424 (1997)

Bower v. Westinghouse Elec. Corp., 522 S.E.2d 424 (W. Va. 1999)




Keynote Dinner Address: Post-Mortem on Scientific Evidence in the Vioxx Cases

W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston, Texas

Commentary: Joe G. Hollingsworth, Hollingsworth LLP, Washington, DC

Moderator:  D. Bruce Johnsen, Director, Mason Judicial Education Program



Case Study: Scientific Evidence in Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation

Marc Jay Bern, Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolink LLP, New York, New York

Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC

Moderator: Richard O. Faulk, Gardere Wynne Swewll LLP, Houston, Texas

Lore v Lone Pine Corporation, 1986 WL 637507 (N.J. 1986)

Modified Case Management Order

In re World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation (S.D. N.Y., 2010)



Case Study: Bisphenol A (BPA)

Lawrence G. Cetrulo, Cetrulo & Capone, LLP, Boston, Massachusetts

James L. Stengel, Orrick, New York, New York

Moderator: Richard O. Faulk, Gardere Wynne Swewll LLP, Houston, Texas

David H. Dorsey, Acting Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning, Department of Health & Human Services, to Sarah Janssen, Natural Resources Defense Council, et al. (Mar. 30, 2012)



Regulatory Science: Politicization of Science or Scientization of Policy?

Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, DC

Dr. Richard B. Belzer, President, Regulatory Checkbook, Mt. Vernon, Virginia

David Goldston, Director, Government Affairs, Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC

Moderator:   Susan E. Dudley, Director, Regulatory Studies Center, and Research Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Recommendations for Science in the Administrative Process (Draft) (Feb. 2012)

Recommendations for on the Use of Science in the Administrative Process (Draft) ( Feb. 2012)

Wendy Wagner, Science in the Administrative Process: A Study of Agency Decisionmaking Approaches (Draft) ( Feb. 2012)

Susan E. Dudley, Fostering Quality Science at EPA: Perspectives on Common Sense Reforms, Prepared Statement for Hearing before Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives (November 2011)

Improving the Use of Science in Regulatory Policy, Science for Policy Project Final Report (August 2009